An upbeat Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan now is adding jobs and living within its means and is poised for an even better year ahead if lawmakers approve new projects boosting the economy such as a new bridge linking Detroit to Canada.
Snyder made the comments during his second State of the State address Wednesday at the Capitol.
The Republican governor says he wants to wrap up some unfinished business. That includes putting an exchange in place so the uninsured can shop for health insurance, raising $1.4 billion more for road and bridge repairs, outlawing elder abuse and fighting obesity.
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer says she's disappointed the governor didn't offer any plans for improving education or college access. She says his speech offered few details for helping residents.
Some of Gov. Snyder's top priorities for 2012 likely won't have smooth sailing in the Michigan Legislature.
Lawmakers expressed mixed reactions Wednesday to the Republican governor's second State of the State address.
Snyder has allies in the Republican-led Legislature, but some of his proposals won't be easy to pass if they call for increased revenue. That includes one to increase road funding.
Republican lawmakers haven't embraced Snyder's plan for a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Legislation to let
Michigan get involved in a proposed bridge project died in a Senate committee last year.
Democrats say they're upset that Snyder failed to mention the possibility of using a budget surplus from last fiscal year to restore some recent cuts to public education.
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